Research impact

The Faculty of Education at Western is a leader in advancing knowledge through research and knowledge mobilization. Our researchers strive to enhance the learning and well-being of children, youth, and adults. We seek to engage with academic and community partners, advancing policy and professional practice. Our faculty members, students, and community partners collaborate to advance social equity. We involve students throughout our research, enriching experiential learning.

Research strengths of the Faculty of Education include Indigenous Research; Applied Linguistics; Behaviour, Learning and Neuroscience; Curriculum Studies; Global and International Studies; Mental Health; Violence Prevention; Policy and Leadership; Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion.

Towards Western at 150
Greater Impact

Our Commitment

Engage with community partners throughout the research process, for mutual benefit

Year 1

  • 86 national and 20 international partners through the SSHRC Partnership and Connections Program.

Year 2

 

Year 3

Share our work broadly by increasing our publications and academic research impact

Expand knowledge mobilization to reach more diverse audiences

Year 1


Year 2

  • Visiting Speakers Talk: Dr. Sean (Shuying) Li, Shenzen University, China
    • Researching Lived Experience – Emerging School of Thoughtful Pedagogy in Responding to the Technologizing World

Year 3

Contribute to policy and professional practice

Year 1

Year 2

  • The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant for, in part, Western research on the cost of domestic violence and harassment in Canadian workplaces.
  • The Centre for School Mental Health developed the Healthy Relationships Program to help build resilience and connections for children and teens, utilizing a four-year grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Drs. Katelyn Bryant, Colin King, Nicole Neil, awarded a MCCSS Ontario Autism Program Workforce Capacity Fund - Innovation Stream grant to support a partnership between the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic (MJW-CYDC) and The Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) to enhance Ontario Autism Program Core Clinical Service options for families with autism
  • Dr. Rosanne Abdulla in collaboration with Dr. Kathy Hibbert and Clare Tattersall awarded funds to support Ontario French as a Second Language (FSL) initiatives
  • Dr. Isha DeCoito appointed chair of Western University’s Non-medical Research Ethics Board (NMREB).
  • Dr. Shannon Stewart is one of five Western researchers elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Namukasa and Dr. Gadanidis and Dr. Katchabaw (Computer Science, Western University) awarded SSRHC Connection grant entitled, “AI Education Outreach”. The project’s overall goal is to support the enhancement of practice and research related to an urgent area of national and international concern: the teaching and learning of AI, with attention to equitable participation and learner outcomes

Year 3

Support Indigenous and anti-oppressive research

Year 1

2021-2022 Faculty of Education Internal Grants
Faculty Member Project Title
Pacini-Ketchabaw, Veronica Creating justice-oriented pedagogies with Black early childhood educators
Brunette, Candace Brandy Decolonizing Western through Indigenous Stories Phase 2
Debassige, Brent First Nations Knowledge and Land-based Education in local Schooling Contexts
 2021-2022 Research Western Internal Grants
Faculty Member Project Title
Neeganagwedgin, Erica Lorna Engaging with Elders/Knowledge Holders through the use of digital technology
Barillas Chon, David Wotsbely Exploratory Investigation of Latinxs, Latin American, and Indigenous Migrants in Ontario
Brunette, Candace Brandy

Decolonizing Western through Indigenous Stories Phase 2

Year 2

 

Year 3

Increase student participation in research, publishing, and knowledge mobilization

Year 1

Year 2

  • Education students organized and held the Robert MacMillan Symposium in Education in March 2023
  • 3 Education graduate students were the recipients of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Award 2023
  • Dr. Donna Swapp (PhD Education, 2022) received the CASEA Thomas B Greenfield Dissertation Award
  • Undergraduate Student Research Intern (USRI), Orko Oyon won first place in the USRI Conference Day Lightning Talks with “COVID-19's Impact on Arts Teacher Education"
  • Abigail Withers was named winner of the London and Region FASD Conference 2023’s Award for Excellence – ePoster Presentation. The award recognizes the best research poster presented during the annual conference.

Year 3

Ensure sufficient funding for faculty and student research

Year 1

  • 63% of Education faculty members hold external grants
  • 5 research-focused professional development sessions offered
  • 11 knowledge mobilizations sessions offered, including 2 community speakers
  • Research intensity score (total research income per faculty member) 58%

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Year 3